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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: 27th Annual Día de los Muertos - October 20 - November 8, 2014
Lawndale Art Center

October, 2014

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014  
In This Issue
Schedule of Events
Volunteer Opportunities
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Retablo Artist Reminder
 If you received a retablo tin, please download the entry form and remember to bring your finished piece to Lawndale October 7 - 9, 10 AM - 5 PM.
Lawndale's offices 
will be closed 
Monday, October 13, 2014 for Columbus Day.
Sponsor this year's Día de los Muertos events! 
 Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 27th Annual Día de los Muertos help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. These events foster pride and appreciation in one's own heritage and encourage tolerance and understanding. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allow us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces. 

To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at

Donate now via PayPal!  

Become a Member! 
Lawndale members receive a $15 discount on admission to the Día de los Muertos Gala & Silent Auction! Membership levels start as low as $25 per year.
Houston Museum District 
27th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 20 - November 8, 2014
Lawndale Art Center presents the 27th Annual Día de los Muertos series of programs. Join us as we celebrate the art, music and folklife of Mexico through an exhibition of artist made retablos, student installations, workshops and performances. Día de los Muertos programs educate audiences and encourage dialogue about the rich Mexican-American heritage in our region, as well as promote cultural awareness of this celebration of family, life and community.


Schedule of Events 

October 20 - November 8, 2014  



Retablo & Student Exhibitions 

October 20 - November 8, 2014

In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. The donated retablos are on view throughout Lawndale's Día de los Muertos programs and are auctioned at the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Proceeds from this popular fundraising event support Lawndale's free programming throughout the year.


Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries.  In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier-mâché skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. 

Community Ofrenda 

October 20 - November 8, 2014


Starting October 20, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.



Papel Picado Workshop
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6 PM


Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year's Día de los Muertos celebration. The workshop is free and open to the public.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation.   



Gala and Retablo Silent Auction 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Artist, Member and Sponsor preview 6 - 7 PM 
Gala and Silent Auction 7 - 9 PM

Silent Auction closes at 8:45 PM

Event Chairs: Lane and Bob Schultz

Admission: $65 per person/ $40 for Lawndale Members


Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal or by calling 713-528-5858. Please call for Lawndale Member rate.


One of Lawndale's most popular parties and biggest fundraisers, this silent auction of small art works, created and donated by over 250 Texas artists, feature contemporary interpretations of retablos, a traditional, devotional art in Mexico. Guests will also enjoy exhibitions in the Cavnar and Horton galleries featuring works made by Houston school children, many in the folkart traditions still practiced in Mexico today. Music by DJ Tempty, with complimentary beverages and delicious bites from Alteño 100% Pure Agave, Saint Arnold Brewing Company & Tacos A Go-Go.
Preview the exhibition Monday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 22 during normal gallery hours.

Musical & Literary Ofrenda 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Performances begin at 6 PM


Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During 
Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCOInprint
Musiqa and Lawndale.


ROCO is a professional chamber orchestra of 40 select musicians, distinguished guest conductors and dynamic composers wh
o come together from all over the world to present engaging performances of classical and original compositions. Founded in 2005 by oboist, Alecia Lawyer, ROCO has been called the most fun you can have with serious music.

Led by four composers, 
Musiqa's mission is to enrich and inspire the community through programs that integrate contemporary music with other modern art-forms. With its innovative collaborations and educational programming, Musiqa strives to make modern repertoire accessible and vital to audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.

By fostering the art of creative writing, the mission of Inprint is to inspire readers and writers in Houston.A nonprofit organization founded in 1983, Inprint fulfills this mission through the nationally renowned Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, the 
Cool Brains! Reading Series for Young People, through literary and educational activities in the community that demonstrate the value and impact of creative writing, and through support for the UH Creative Writing Program. Today Inprint programs and events provide something for everyone and play a vital role in Houston's rich and diverse cultural life.


Family Day Fiesta 
Saturday, November 1, 2014

12 - 4 PM

Admission: Free

Lawndale's 27th annual Día de los Muertoscelebration continues with a Saturday fiesta for families and children honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera,  Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Secret Admirer Puppets. 



Adult Sugar Skull Class

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
6 PM
$25 per person
Advance registration is required as space is limited.


In conjunction with our 27th annual 

Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering an Adult Sugar Skull Class led by artist Amber Eagle. Participants will learn how sugar skulls are made and will decorate skulls with royal icing. All participants will take home their skull created in class, as well as a recipe and a sugar skull mold. 


Amber Eagle is a former Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant, sculptor of sugar things in miniature and metal things made of semi-trucks. Eagle received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (1993) and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1988). Eagle was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art from 1993-1995. After completing her core fellowship in Houston she moved to Mexico for many years after having received a grant to study the art of Alfenique and Fiestas there.


Many thanks to our  
Día de los Muertos sponsors!
as of October 6, 2014



Kathrine G. McGovern

Nightingale Code Foundation 

Nancy & Sidney Williams 


Jo Anne & David Graham

Patty & Jim Jard
Diana M. Hudson & Lee L. Kaplan
Mary Morrison 

Lane & Bob Schultz


Beth Abramson

Art Supply on Main
Jereann Chaney
Consulate General of Mexico in Houston
Janie & Dick DeGuerin
Denise Furlough & Jackie Gordon
Tracy & Glen Larner (IHO Lane & Bob Schultz)
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
H. Russell Pitman 

H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. MD 


Minnette & Peter Boesel 

Beverly Braden
David Young & Brenda Fraley
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Gaines
Rob Greenstein
G.G. Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht, MD
Barbara & Marks Hinton
Laurel & Sean Horigan
Pam & Tim Jahnke
Frazier King
Laborde Dermatology, P.A.
Don Mafrige, Jr.
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Alan Morlan
Jill Whitten & Rob Proctor
Cherie Ray
Nicole & Joey Romano
Brenda & Steven Schultz
Lonnie Hoogeboom & Betsy Strauch
Ruth Ann & Stephen Streiff
Kristin & David Thomas
Jackie & Bass Wallace
Camille Warmington 

Brenda E. Williams


Meghan Miller

Katharine & Richard Rider
Anne & Joe Romano 

SBS Manufacturing, Inc. 


Alteño 100% Blue Agave Blanco Tequila


Beth Abramson

Val Perkins & Carole Dickinson
Pete Gordon
Sharon & Chas Haynes
Gardner Landry
Tracy & Glen Larner
Cindy & Andy Leubetkin
Carlton & Angela Perry
Andrew Rice
Valerie & Lance Rosmarin
Brooke & Whitten Stuckey 

Megan & Jason Williams


Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer with us during our many Día de los Muertos events! There still many opportunities to help out. Click here to view available shifts and sign up!



Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Lia and David Rodi, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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